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  • Minnesota Twins Day 2 Draft Picks (Rounds 3-10)

    The MLB Draft resumes today at 12:00 (central time) with each organization making their 3rd round through 10th round draft picks. The Minnesota Twins will have the fifth pick in each round.

    Throughout the day, Twins Daily's draft guru, Jeremy Nygaard, will be here posting the Minnesota Twins draft picks and providing some analysis on the player and the selection. He'll also be in the forums answering other questions you may have.

    These picks are all important and there is a strategy to them. The Twins have about $7.5 million to spend on their first 10 draft picks and about $3.85 million is allotted to their top pick, Nick Gordon. What will they do? See below.

    3rd Round (79; $703,900) - RHP Michael Cederoth, San Diego State

    An interesting pick at #79, Cederoth started the season with mid-first round buzz. Hailing from the same school as Stephen Strasburg, there were some unfair comparisons, but the velocity is there (98-100 mph). The Twins seem poised to give Cederoth an opportunity to start. His slider is his strikeout pitch in the mid-80s. He also features an average changeup, which he didn't throw much this year, and a slower curveball.

    Cederoth is a big, lanky dude (6'6, 215) and has a violent delivery and a penchant for missing the strike zone - the difference between being a 3rd rounder and a 1st rounder.

    While the rumor had been that Cederoth was looking for a seven-figure deal, I've been assured that that is not accurate and my assumption is that he'll sign for slot.

    Pre-draft rankings: Baseball America, 45; MLB.com, 59; Perfect Game, 63; Scout, 75.

    4th Round (110; $476,100) - LHP Sam Clay, Georgia Tech

    Clay is a draft-eligible sophomore who projects as a reliever. Clay isn't as hard of a thrower as the previous two players who were selected, reaching the low-90's. He also has a slider, who some believe can be a plus pitch. Clay has a lot of raw ability, but will need to harness it and cut down on walks.

    Pre-draft rankings: Baseball America, 144; Perfect Game, 226; MLB.com, unranked; Scout, unranked.

    5th Round (140; $356,400) - RHP Jake Reed, Oregon

    Another reliever... well, Reed was a starter for two seasons, but was much better after being converted to a closing role. Reed features a three-pitch mix: low-90s fastball, a slurvy slider and a circle-change. Some consider him another guy that could move quick, though probably not as a closer.

    Pre-draft rankings: MLB.com, 123; Baseball America, 144; Perfect Game, 226; Scout, unranked.

    6th Round (170; $266,900) - RHP John Curtiss, Texas

    Unlike any of the previous picks, Curtiss projects to be a starter - even though he closed for the Longhorns in 2014 - with an upside of a #2. Despite being a redshirt sophomore - he missed 2013 after undergoing Tommy John surgery - Curtiss is already graduated and appears to be signable.

    Curtiss has a mid-90s fastball and three ordinary secondary pitches. There's still some projection based on the missed time. If his slider and change-up can develop, there's hope that Curtiss can stick in the rotation.

    Pre-draft rankings: MLB.com, 88; Perfect Game, 158; Baseball America, 159; Scout, 246.

    7th Round (200; $199,900) - RHP Andrew Cutura, SE Louisiana U

    Cutura is a junior. The short (6' 0) right-hander isn't on a lot of radars, but came as a recommendation of area scout Greg Runser, who has had his hand in drafting a lot of pitchers recently. Cutura was a three-year starter for SE Lousiana.

    Cutura is a bulldog. He has a 88-92 mph sinker, a hybrid breaking ball that sits in the mid-80s, and a changeup around 80 mph. He commands all three pitches well and knows how to put guys away.

    Pre-draft rankings: MLB.com, unranked; Perfect Game, unranked; Baseball America, unranked; Scout, unranked.

    8th Round (230; $161,300) - RHP Keaton Steele, Missouri

    Steele missed the 2011 season due to shoulder injuries. He's been a two-way player, but will pitch as a professional. Steele has another year of eligibility due to the injury, but has graduated and is signable as a redshirt-junior.

    Steele closed for Missouri this year and features a low-90s fastball and a mid-80s slider. It remains to be seen if he's viewed as a starter or reliever. He was moved to Missouri's rotation late in the year and had a couple complete games.

    Pre-draft rankings:
    Scout, 146; MLB.com, 177; Baseball America, 275; Perfect Game, 428.

    9th Round (260; $150,600) - OF Max Murphy, Bradley

    According to Chris Cotillo, Murphy and the Twins have agreed to a $130k deal.

    This is what I said about Murphy when I had him pegged for the 260th overall pick in my 10-round Twins mock: The organizational dearth of outfielders may have the Twins going to the college ranks to draft outfielders even earlier. Murphy is a guy who makes a ton of sense for the Twins, partially because he played his high school ball in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. Murphy's best tool is he power. He's compact (only 5' 11"), runs well and has a clue in the outfield. While his arm could play in right (his current position), some think he could move to center. The question about Murphy is his hit-tool.

    Pre-draft rankings: Baseball America, 275; Perfect Game, 327; Scout, unranked; MLB.com, unranked.

    10th Round (290; $140,700) - RHP Randy LeBlanc, Tulane

    LeBlanc missed his freshman year with an elbow injury that resulted in Tommy John surgery. Highly touted out of high school, LeBlanc has spent four years at Tulane and still has one year of eligibility left. He's back healthy ago and hitting 95 with ease. His breaking ball and change-up are below-average pitches, but, even at 22, still has some projection left. His got a good pitcher's body too (6' 4, 200).

    The Twins hope that with advanced instruction, he can turn his curveball and change-up into above-average offerings.

    Pre-draft rankings: MLB.com, 188; Baseball America, 236; Perfect Game, 327; Scout, unranked.
    Comments 122 Comments
    1. Vervehound's Avatar
      Vervehound -
      Quote Originally Posted by ALessKosherScott View Post
      As a redraft though, he has to give permission to the team to pick him again. Can't see that happening.
      wasn't suggesting we'd re-draft him, only that the 5th round money he signs for this year won't differ significantly from what we offered last year.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Shane Wahl View Post
      I like the academics for Curtiss at least. And he is the one who might truly be able to start. The rest . . . not likely.
      Of course, knowing your pedigree, you would.

      And knowing Gardy's pedigree, he won't.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by HansGruber View Post
      The Twins scouts need to start showing up earlier to games.
      Best line of the day, Hans!
    1. Mr. Ed's Avatar
      Mr. Ed -
      Wow, surprise. Another college RHP

      Steele, Keaton Missouri (MO) RHP R/R SR 6'3" 225lbs DOB: 10/30/91 | Scouting videoSteele missed his first college season in 2011 with rotator-cuff and labrum tears in his shoulder that required surgery. He came back the next year to win Most Outstanding Player honor at the Junior College World Series. Steele helped Iowa Western capture its second national title, hitting a go-ahead two-run homer and earning a save in the championship game. In his first season at Missouri in 2013, he was the only NCAA Division I player to lead his team in homers, wins and saves, and he has focused mostly on pitching this spring. When he's at his best, Steele works at 91-93 mph and touches 96 with a heavy fastball, flashing a plus slider with good tilt at 84-85 mph. At other times, he pitches with an 88-91 mph fastball and a flatter slider in the upper 70s. He has a strong, athletic frame and earns praise for his control and his competitiveness. Moved into the Tigers' rotation for the final three weeks of the season, Steele responded with two complete games and pitched into the ninth inning of his third outing. He has a chance to start in pro ball, though he'll need a better changeup in that role. After graduating as a redshirt junior with a degree in sociology, he's expected to sign after turning down the Rays as a 29th-rounder in 2012 and the Royals as a 40th-rounder last year.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by HansGruber View Post
      The Twins scouts need to start showing up earlier to games.
      Post of the day.
    1. Smcginnity's Avatar
      Smcginnity -
      Keaton Steele looks good! Like his outlook. Power arm that looked really good in his final starts (when he got the opportunity)
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      Aside: check out Gardy's masterpiece of a lineup tonight. OMG. OMG.
    1. Smcginnity's Avatar
      Smcginnity -
      Keaton Steele looks good! Like his outlook. Power arm that looked really good in his final starts (when he got the opportunity)
    1. rickyriolo's Avatar
      rickyriolo -
      Twins have locked in on RH relief pitchers.....I think we need more than that
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Shane Wahl View Post
      Aside: check out Gardy's masterpiece of a lineup tonight. OMG. OMG.
      Kubes in LF, Hicks in CF, Santana as DH. What could go wrong?
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Max Murphy in the 9th. Hometown Hero from Robbinsdale! And he's a toolsy Centerfielder?*
      *(Maybe they are looking to convert him to relief pitcher?)
    1. cmb0252's Avatar
      cmb0252 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Max Murphy in the 9th. Hometown Hero from Robbinsdale! And he's a toolsy Centerfielder?*
      *(Maybe they are looking to convert him to relief pitcher?)
      Haha
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Max Murphy in the 9th. Hometown Hero from Robbinsdale! And he's a toolsy Centerfielder?*
      *(Maybe they are looking to convert him to relief pitcher?)
      Let's focus more this this from my 10-round mock:

      Round 9 (Pick 260 -$150,600): OF Max Murphy, Bradley.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy Nygaard View Post
      Let's focus more this this from my 10-round mock:

      Round 9 (Pick 260 -$150,600): OF Max Murphy, Bradley.
      Well-played, sir. But you're going to see some of us really bummed out if your 10th round pick proves to be correct....
    1. ShouldaCouldaWoulda's Avatar
      ShouldaCouldaWoulda -
      Quote Originally Posted by HansGruber View Post
      The Twins scouts need to start showing up earlier to games.

      Very clever
    1. rickyriolo's Avatar
      rickyriolo -
      I will take the under
    1. benji21's Avatar
      benji21 -
      I have no doubt whatsoever that in a few years the twins "braintrust" will regret this draft. What an absolute joke. I don't care that I don't have eyes on these players like the scouts, I don't need to. Drafting relief arm after relief arm after relief arm is folly and well see the excellent players we could have gotten come up with smarter teams in the years to come.
    1. Buxtano Meywart's Avatar
      Buxtano Meywart -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Well-played, sir. But you're going to see some of us really bummed out if your 10th round pick proves to be correct....
      Well seeing as his 10th round pick was already taken by Houston in the 6th, I can see why many would be bummed if it turned out to be the pick!
    1. curt1965's Avatar
      curt1965 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Shane Wahl View Post
      Aside: check out Gardy's masterpiece of a lineup tonight. OMG. OMG.
      And his options were..........?????
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Buxtano Meywart View Post
      Well seeing as his 10th round pick was already taken by Houston in the 6th, I can see why many would be bummed if it turned out to be the pick!
      Not to be deterred, the Twins go in the 10th round with Randy LeBlanc, you won't believe how he projects....

      Because LeBlanc has yet to establish an average second pitch, many scouts think he'll profile best as a reliever -- a role in which he could generate additional fastball velocity
      Another guy with his TJ already out of the way, an "unexploited market inefficiency"?
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